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5/27/2016 12:38:26 PM
A statewide crackdown on impaired and distracted driving is underway for the long Memorial Day weekend and local law enforcement will be joining the New York State Police in taking the zero tolerance approach.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is coordinating the Chautauqua County STOP DWI program.  Gerace says it's a personal mission of his to get drunk and drugged drivers off the h...read more
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2016-05-27 01:19
There are a number of Memorial Day services and events planned across Chautauqua County.  All will be held on Monday, May 30 unless otherwise noted: Cassadaga: Parade and services @ 11 am Ames Common Dunkirk: Services begin at 10 am @ Memorial Park Parade will begin at 11 am @ Lake Shore Drive West and Central Avenue   Fredonia: Services at each of the following locations starti...read more
2016-05-27 12:52
The state has acquired three new quick response mobile command and communications vehicles outfitted with advanced, state of the art technology that will greatly improve communication and coordination between first responders at emergency scenes and large public events.  State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says the three trucks, which will be staffed and operated by the State Police, e...read more
2016-05-27 12:46
The skyrocketing problem of drug overdoses has the attention of Chautauqua County officials and efforts are underway to find a way to get a grip on the problem.  County Sheriff Joe Gerace says he will be meeting Friday afternoon with representatives of the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services or OASIS Program.  He says they are looking at how the use of an opiate...read more
2016-05-27 07:48
Fredonia Central's varsity baseball team has won another Section 6 Class B2 championship title.  After a nearly three-hour rain delay, Fredonia beat Wilson 4-2 Thursday evening in Gowanda.  Fredonia has picked up ninth title in the last 11 seasons.  The Hillbillies will now face the winner of the Class B1 tournament involving Springville and Alden. Photo by the Observer  ...read more
2016-05-26 06:05
Chautauqua County now has a state-approved, local Zika Action Plan in place to deal with mosquito populations that may carry the virus. However, County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says there is more concern about people traveling elsewhere, and carrying Zika back to the area. At this point, Schulyer says none of the county's mosquito pools show the species carrying the di...read more
2016-05-26 05:26
Chautauqua County will be getting a share of more than $59 million in state and federal funding for upstate transit services.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that $1.6 million will be going to the county for operating assistance, mobility management services and the purchase of 12 buses.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says he's pleased the county will be receiving the fund...read more
2016-05-26 05:19
No injuries were reported after a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Gerry. State Police and Gerry fire crews responded to Route 60 just north of the four corners shortly after 9:30 AM. Troopers tell WDOE News that 68-year-old Kathleen Kuzmunich of Jamestown was parked on the side of the road and pulled out in front a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Emmogene Swan, also of Jamestown. Kuzmunich was...read more
2016-05-26 01:05
With the return of summerlike weather, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging everyone to protect their skin from the sun.  To help bring awareness to the dangers of skin cancer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated this Friday as "Don't Fry Day."  County health officials remind you to protect your skin while enjoying the out...read more
2016-05-26 11:27
Dunkirk firefighters responded to an early morning fire in Dunkirk's First Ward.  Fire crews were called out to 120 South Warsaw Street around 3:30 am.  City Fire Chief Mike Edwards says residents were alerted to the fire that occurred on a back deck and used a garden hose to knock down the initial fire.  Fire personnel were able to extinguish the remaining fire.  The fire, whi...read more
2016-05-26 10:03
State Police in Olean say they are investigating the death of an 83-year-old Allegany man whose body was found in the Allegheny River near St. Bonaventure University yesterday.  Troopers say they believe  Robert Granger had been on a bicycle ride when he rested at a nearby park bench.  Granger apparently fell down an embankment, entering the river.  Investigators don't believe ...read more
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